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Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo chats to Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the energy transition, how vanadium plays a role in this as well as how this fits into the company's growth plans. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 35 minutes ago Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American, which has reported record safety, record financials and the highest dividend in 15 years, has submitted an application to be allowed to self-generate 75 MW of solar power at its Mogalakwena mine where the world’s largest hydrogen fuel... 

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Chris Griffith

No load-shedding planned for Monday, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago Eskom says it is not planning to implement power cuts on Monday, after it replenished its emergency reserves of water and diesel over the weekend.  This comes after the power utility halted stage 2 load-shedding ahead of schedule at 9 pm on Sunday 

 No load-shedding planned for Monday, says Eskom

Land Bank appoints CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 13 minutes ago JSE-listed Land Bank has appointed Ayanda Kanana as CEO, effective March 1. This follows the recent appointment of Khensani Mukhari as CFO, effective February 3. 

Chris Griffith to step down as Amplats CEO

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith is to step down as CEO of the company after seven years at the helm, the board of Anglo American Platinum said on Monday. The company announced that Griffith, who took Kumba Iron Ore to great heights before taking on Amplats, will also leave... 

Chris Griffith to step down as Amplats CEO
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Chris Griffith

Metals, engineering sector set for ‘unremarkable’ growth this year  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2020 Last year was generally challenging for both the domestic and global economy, as weakening demand, manufacturing and trade and investment restrained progress, with extended negative implications for the metals and engineering (M&E) sector, which is poised for “unremarkable” growth this year.... 

Metals, engineering sector set for ‘unremarkable’ growth this year
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Michael Ade

US–Kenya trade talks seen a risk for Africa regional pact

By: Bloomberg     Updated 3 hours ago A possible US-Kenya free-trade agreement could undermine an existing continent-wide commerce pact and limit Africa’s power to negotiate with the US. Washington announced on February 7 that it intended to start trade negotiations with Kenya. President Donald Trump’s administration doesn’t favor... 

Citigroup expects debt sales to boost sub-Saharan African deals

By: Bloomberg     Updated 3 hours ago Citigroup expects the value of deals from sub-Saharan Africa to exceed 2019 levels as governments, State-owned institutions and companies in the region raise more debt for much-needed infrastructure. “Countries like Ethiopia and Angola, for instance, are undergoing transformations that are... 

SoNA came at ‘crucial time’ says panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2020 The 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) came at “a crucial time” for South Africa, which is faced with a stagnated economy defined by challenges such as lack of capacity in State-owned enterprises (SOEs), high unemployment and electricity supply constraints, a panel agreed on Friday morning... 

SARB starts process of selling African Bank stake 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has published a request for proposals (RFP) to appoint a transaction adviser relating to the future sale of its shareholding in JSE-listed African Bank. SARB acquired a 50% shareholding in African Bank in 2016, as part of African Bank’s restructuring, after... 

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2020 South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment, made in his 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), to restarting the long-delayed Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). However, they have also called on... 

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement
South African Wind Energy Association CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Seifsa, Minerals Council react positively to SoNA commitments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 The mining and metals and engineering sectors have mostly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans around energy and infrastructure, following his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night. The Minerals Council South Africa said in a statement that it was encouraged by the... 

Ramaphosa's speech underscores weak South Africa credit outlook – Fitch

By: Reuters     14th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address offered only partial detail on key policy areas like the electricity sector and underscored a weak outlook for the country's creditworthiness, Fitch Ratings said on Friday. Ramaphosa said in the annual address on Thursday that South Africa... 

Ramaphosa's speech underscores weak South Africa credit outlook – Fitch

Greenpeace welcomes ‘climate crisis’ recognition in SoNA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 Greenpeace Africa appreciates that President Cyril Ramaphosa is seemingly taking the “climate crisis” seriously. Commenting on the President’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which was delivered on Thursday, Greenpeace Africa political adviser Happy Khambule says Ramaphosa has displayed... 

Govt to invest R1.4bn to modernise PRASA

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 South Africa's long-suffering train commuters can soon look forward to a smooth ride. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would boost the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) rail network by R1.4-billion. 

Ramaphosa announces new science and technology varsity

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 The people of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng will soon enjoy a new science and technology university, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised during his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night. "We will enable young people in that metro to be trained in high-impact and cutting edge technological... 

YES has made progress on the job creation front since 2018

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa during his fourth State of the Nation Address on Thursday made special mention of the Youth Employment Service (YES) and how far it has come in providing work opportunities for young people. Since its inception in April 2018, YES has created more than 32 000 work... 

Blue Label to conclude 3G Mobile deal, Blue Label Mobile at advanced stage

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label is set to receive its R544-million asking price, after all suspensive conditions relating to the disposal of subsidiary The Prepaid Company’s (TPC’s) interest in the 3G Mobile handset trading operations were on Friday fulfilled. In September last year, Blue Label announced... 

Commission finds in favour of Enaex, Sasol Explosives merger

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 The Competition Commission has unconditionally approved a proposed merger whereby international explosives distributor Enaex intends to acquire JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol’s Explosives business. Enaex commercialises, distributes and manufactures explosives and blasting agents. It... 

Kruger National Park urges stakeholders to protect the Sabie river

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th February 2020 Representatives from the Kruger National Park, a South African National Parks (SANParks) reserve, this week met with the traditional leaders of Bushbuckridge, to strengthen water education and to ensure that water is used sparingly in order to preserve the Sabie river. Kruger National Park... 

Airbus signs memorandum with new African airline for major airliner order

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 Airbus has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Green Africa Airways for 50 A220-300 airliners. Green Africa Airways is a Nigerian carrier, based in Lagos. This is the biggest African order to date for the A220 and one of the biggest orders worldwide for the type. “We... 

Airbus signs memorandum with new African airline for major airliner order
Photo by Airbus
A computer-generated image of an A220-300 in Green Africa Airways livery

Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that its A330-800 widebody airliner has been jointly certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration. This joint Type Certification followed 132 flights totalling 370 test flying hours,... 

Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US
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The Airbus A330-800

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2020 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing state-owned companies on Twitter

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 minutes ago After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use of taxpayers' money to bail out failing State-owned enterprises. "We must develop a democratic... 

Flight Centre resumes sales of SAA tickets

By: Bloomberg     14th February 2020 Flight Centre Travel Group, one of South Africa’s largest booking companies, said it will lift a moratorium on sales of the national airline’s tickets that it imposed in November because of concerns over its solvency. Travel Insurance Consultants, Flight Centre’s preferred insurer, reinstated... 

SoNA: Business bodies welcome certainty on energy but plead for urgency 

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 Organised business groups have cautiously welcomed some of the economic promises in President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address on Thursday, but called for a greater sense of urgency and the articulation of a clear long-term vision to boost South Africa's struggling economy. Business... 

SoNA: Business bodies welcome certainty on energy but plead for urgency
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not 'contemplated dismissals'  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 The Johannesburg Labour Court has dismissed a joint urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association to halt job cuts at South African Airways, ruling the airline had not contemplated dismissals.  The unions lodged the interdict... 

Court dismisses bid to halt SAA job cuts as airline has not 'contemplated dismissals'

Robbery attempt prompts security step-up at South Deep – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2020 Security is being stepped up at South Deep gold mine in Gauteng to present an even more resistant barrier to armed criminals, said Gold Fields executive vice-president Martin Preece said on Thursday. This action follows last year’s gold robbery attempt at the mine by machine-gun wielding gangsters. 

Gold Fields EVP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

No load-shedding planned for Friday; no news yet for the weekend

By: News24Wire      14th February 2020 Eskom says it is not planning to institute rotational power cuts on Friday as it has seen a "number of improvements in the power system". However, in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, it did not yet indicate what the outlook might be for the weekend. However, it did ask customers to keep... 

No load-shedding planned for Friday; no news yet for the weekend

SoNA: Ramaphosa announces plans to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’ 

14th February 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2020 State of the Nation Address and measures he has proposed for dealing with South Africa’s electricity crisis.   

SoNA: Ramaphosa announces plans to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’

Arbitrator backs Woodside in Senegal tussle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2020 The International Arbitration Court has backed oil and gas major Woodside in a dispute with fellow listed FAR. Woodside and FAR are joint venture (JV) partners in the Sangomar field development, offshore Senegal.  

Arbitrator backs Woodside in Senegal tussle

Ramaphosa announces far-reaching actions to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced far-reaching and practical interventions to address South Africa’s growth- and confidence-sapping electricity crisis, including several steps to “significantly increase generation capacity outside of Eskom”. He also warned, however, that... 

Ramaphosa announces far-reaching actions to boost power generation ‘outside of Eskom’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA Express under bankruptcy protection

By: Reuters     13th February 2020 State airline SA Express is under a form of bankruptcy protection known as business rescue, a spokesperson for the airline said on Thursday. Her comments come after SA Express lost a court battle with a contractor, logistics firm Ziegler, earlier this month. 

Cable repair ship faces a further delay

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 Unfavourable conditions at sea continue to hamper the progress of the Leon Thevenin cable repair vessel and crew undertaking the joint repair mission of the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS). According to a statement published on... 

Cable repair ship faces a further delay

South Deep applying for 40 MW of solar power – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 The South Deep gold mine in Gauteng has an application in to self-generate 40 MW of solar power, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a video interview, Holland said this could be between 20% and 25% of the average consumption of the mechanised mine near... 

Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland talking to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

South Africa poised to add 3.3 GW of wind power by 2024 – GWEC

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is forecasting that South Africa will emerge as the leading wind energy market in Africa and the Middle East over the coming five years, with installations of 3.3 GW by 2024. In a statement released this week, the council reported that only 894 MW of new wind... 

South Africa poised to add 3.3 GW of wind power by 2024 – GWEC

Govt-mining industry cooperation at regional level very good – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2020 The cooperation between the government and mines at regional level is very good, but where it falls down is at national level, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Thursday. Responding to Mining Weekly during a media roundtable at the JSE, Holland said that at the national level, there was... 

Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland questioned by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

DTIC says implementation of SABS’ three-year turnaround plan continues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2020 After CEO Garth Strachan’s sudden resignation last week, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) on Thursday assured stakeholders that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) remains committed to delivering on its turnaround strategy. Jodi Scholtz and Tshenge Demana, who... 

DTIC says implementation of SABS’ three-year turnaround plan continues

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